Fuji X, Documentary, & Blurring Lines


I've noted more than a few times about my particular process and blurring of that line between "we are now making pictures" and "the rest of it". I went into it in a little bit of depth a week or so ago. I am a bit of an odd bird with this as I have far more in common with street and documentary photographers than I do "studio photographers" when it comes to process. Amplify the odd-bird factor by about 62 times when you blend in subject matter I am interested in vs the prototypical documentary photographer.

I knew how much I loved my Fuji X100 and X100s in facilitation of my own process of blurring those lines in many situations where the ostensible reason I was where I was directly related to making of pictures. On the other side of it so was my collaborator or collaborators. The first few months that I committed myself to using the Fuji XT-1 exclusively I was obsessed with verification that the EVF wouldn't compromise my timing. I think one of the first times I realized how great that camera was at facilitating my process was about four months into my six month commitment when Lana was hanging out for a few days.

The entire goal of why I work the way I work has been a lifelong fascination with those in between moments. It doesn't matter if I'm making a portrait and only have ten minutes to do it, or making fashion advertisements, or just about anything with my camera pointed at another human being. Blurring those "on" and "off" lines just increases my opportunity for getting what I am looking for.

I made these while L. was getting ready to make pictures. Given the lazy pace that Sunday there wasn't anything that was hurried or rushed. Getting ready probably took as long or longer than the endeavor we set out to take pictures of.

I had already messed around making pictures of the black side of the project in the kitchen the day before. Lana was a good sport and up for some bad ideas so we decided to make some pictures of her doing the dishes piled up from the last two days while shackled just to see what they looked like.

The first "on" picture. Compare that to the last one which was quite a bit later finishing up. All of this was interspersed with not making pictures and other peripheral activities on my part.

Kind of bizarre without a bit of context. L. was not a big fan of how the metal felt if you couldn't tell from a few random photos above. At the end she wanted me to take the weight of that chain off the collar for a break. After this I made a few more pictures also at a lazy pace. These were very blurry lines between "on" and "off" in the context of; I'll grab the keys to unhook you and we'll make a few more pictures.

The first couple of frames taking a break.

The next on our way to making a few more pictures.

One of those in-betweens in the middle of a few more pictures.

The X100 series of cameras may be the ultimate camera for blurring of those lines in it's silence but the rest of the X-System is small enough and quiet enough to be just as effective at facilitating my particular way of working when matched with the smaller lenses. In this case the ambient noise of the air conditioner, the building, and the muted city outside was more than enough to mask the already hushed sounds of the XT-1.

End Notes

All pictures made with the Fuji XT-1 and 18-55 XF. Processing via Lightroom CC and for a change-up processed with VSCO FILM 06 TRI-X